Thursday, October 6, 2011

Book Review -- Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol

The change in the weather to cooler days has made me want to watch and read things that are dark and scary. I stumbled across Anya's Ghost while tidying up the graphic novels last week. The cover hooked me from the start with the illustration of Anya and the ghost tangled in her hair. Also, Neil Gaiman is quoted on the cover, stating that the book is "A Masterpiece." I didn't need any other recommendation after reading that.

Anya, a Russian immigrant attending high school, hates her family, her best friend, and the way she looks. She has the hots for a guy (who has a girlfriend), but he doesn't even know she exists. She's feeling pretty rotten about herself and loathing everything one morning on the way to school when she falls into a well and meets Emily and her skeleton. Emily helps Anya with school, her image, and even boys. But, what began as a pretty awesome friendship, turns sour pretty quickly and Anya realizes that maybe things weren't quite as bad as she thought before Emily showed up.

Anya's Ghost was a really fun read with a little mystery and great illustrations. I especially loved the way Emily looks at the end of the story. I'd tell you what I like about it the most, but that would ruin the story. You'll have to see for yourself.

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol is located in the Teen Zone's Young Adult Graphic Novel section right behind the librarian's desk.

-posted by Karen

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